Help Your Employee Return to Work

The Return to Work (RTW) Program

Returning to work speeds an injured worker's recovery and reduces the financial impact of a workers' compensation claim on the worker, the employer, and the workers' compensation system. Help an injured worker get back to work quickly, safely and, if necessary, with assistance.

Return to work options include:

  • Working shorter hours.
  • Performing transitional work. For example, a worker might perform some of his original duties or different duties with lighter physical demands.
  • Performing a different job temporarily.
  • Working in a modified job. "Job modification" means making adjustments to the work site, changing the job to meet the worker's limitations or providing tools, equipment, or appliances that allow the worker to work within his limitations.

Get reimbursed for finding light-duty work

L&I will pay you to help get your injured worker quickly and safely back to work in a light-duty or transitional job.

If you're eligible, we will reimburse you for 50% of the base wages you pay to the injured worker and for some of the cost of training, tools or clothing the worker will need to do the light-duty or transitional work.

More on what we pay for, who's eligible, and how to apply:


Did you know?

You can help control your claim costs by offering a job within your injured employee's medically documented restrictions. However, if L&I decides your injured employee qualifies for retraining, you will only have 15 days from when L&I approves development of a training plan to offer an appropriate permanent job. After this your employee won't be required to accept your offer.

Additional information

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